GP / Aged Care Engagement Great Southern

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Stay up to date with what's happening in Aged Care in the Great Southern. Share your ideas and initiatives, start discussions, ask questions of your peers, discuss common issues so we can provide the best possible care for our aged community in the Great Southern.

5.00 - 5.30 pm

Update from Regional Director Paddy Glackin

Let's work together and stay connected during COVID-19.


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Don't forget to stay up to date with information sessions and articles in the newsfeed.

4.30 - 5.00 pm

Stay up to date with what's happening in Aged Care in the Great Southern. Share your ideas and initiatives, start discussions, ask questions of your peers, discuss common issues so we can provide the best possible care for our aged community in the Great Southern.

5.00 - 5.30 pm

Update from Regional Director Paddy Glackin

Let's work together and stay connected during COVID-19.


Dial in Details

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Or call in (audio only)

+61 8 6118 6028,,721481435# Australia, Perth

Phone Conference ID: 721 481 435#

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  • Meaningful Spaces Virtual Reality Workshop - Albany - February 23rd to 25th

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    11 Jan 2021

    Meaningful Spaces workshops use a highly engaging and immersive virtual reality experience to develop participants’ understanding of the effects of dementia on people who live with the condition.

    In these half- day workshops, participants will explore the principles of environmental design and medication management in supporting people experiencing changed behaviour and psychological symptoms of dementia. By building empathy, knowledge and skills among participants, they can provide better care for people living with dementia.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
    This workshop has been developed for all healthcare professionals involved in providing care for people living with dementia, including nurses, medical practitioners and allied health. Whilst he virtual reality scenarios are based in residential care, the principles apply across all care settings.

    WHEN/WHERE:
    Workshops will be held throughout February 2021 in Perth, Geraldton and Albany.

    COST:
    • $165 per person
    • Discount for private group sessions ($150pp, 8 attendees)

    REGISTRATION INCLUDES:
    • Comprehensive course notes
    • Use of an individual virtual reality system throughout the workshop
    • Morning or afternoon tea

  • Outbreak Management Planning Webinar - Issue #24 Aged Care Quality Bulletin

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    05 Jan 2021

    Accompanying the release of the Commission’s Outbreak Management Planning guidance, we recently hosted a webinar on this topic that was open to all residential aged care services providers. The webinar, which can be viewed here, provided an overview of the resource and also addressed some of the lessons learned by the Commission and providers who experienced a COVID-19 outbreak at their residential service.

    The Commission has also produced a video for providers to support their workers, care recipients, families and visitors to prevent, prepare for and manage outbreaks of COVID-19, which can be viewed via our website.

  • New MBS items for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)

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    04 Jan 2021

    From 10 December 2020 until 30 June 2022, new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items are available for care recipients in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). There are a range of items now available for General Practitioners and allied health professionals who provide care in RACFs for mental health, chronic disease management and physical therapy.

  • Advance Care Planning: Aged Care Implementation Guide 2020

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    05 Jan 2021

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) GP Update - 16 December 2020

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    17 Dec 2020

    In this update

    • Update on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out from the Commonwealth
    • COVID-19 HealthPathways updates
    • Special COVID-19 GP Update from the Deputy CMO
    • COVID-19 online events, webinars and training
    • Allocation of surgical masks from the National Medical Stockpile
    • Useful COVID-19 links
  • COVID-19: Outbreak Response Plan Residential Aged Care Facility

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    03 Dec 2020

    Find this document in the resources section of this page.


    Version 3 released November 24 2020

  • “COVID-19 coronavirus : Controlled Interstate Border” page

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    18 Nov 2020

    this provides information on the latest testing and quarantine requirements for people travelling into WA from interstate

  • Advance care planning re-imagined: a needed shift for COVID times and beyond

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    04 Nov 2020

  • Updated, COVID-19 Series of National Guidelines

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    14 Oct 2020

    Please see below the link to the updated COVID19 Series of National Guidelines (SoNG) – updates are listed below.

    Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact GSPHU on 9842 7525.

    FYI – The next version of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDNA National guidelines for public health units was released on the 09 October. Main changes include:

    Clinical presentation and outcome

    Addition of atypical symptoms of chest pain, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis


    Release from isolation criteria– does not now include probable cases now. Up to PHU

    If a case is identified retrospectively through serology, clinical and public health judgement should be used in determining case management and whether or not a case requires isolation. If the case had a clinically compatible illness some time ago, it may not be necessary to isolate. If isolation is required, the case can be released from isolation when the appropriate criteria (above) is met


    Period of immunity and re-exposure

    A person without significant immunocompromise who has recovered from COVID-19 does not need to quarantine if they become a close contact of a confirmed case and the exposure was less than 8 weeks since the recovered case’s symptom onset (or first positive PCR test if the case was asymptomatic). Recovered cases, unless immunocompromised, can continue to attend high-risk settings (refer to Outbreak investigation and management in high-risk settings for examples of settings) and do not need to be furloughed from work if re-exposed during this 8 week period. For recovered cases exposed after 8 weeks from their symptom onset (or first positive test if asymptomatic), and immunocompromised recovered cases exposed at any time after release from isolation, consider serology testing in consultation with the microbiologist or virologist at the testing laboratory when making decisions about quarantine and exclusion from the high-risk settings.


    Infectious period

    Although it has been shown that transmission can occur up to 72 hours prior to symptom onset, in most circumstances there is marginal benefit in identifying close contacts exposed beyond 48 hours prior to symptom onset. In some high-risk settings, public health units may opt for a more precautionary approach and use a time period of 72 hours prior to symptom onset in the case (or first positive PCR test if the case is asymptomatic) when identifying close contacts.

    End of quarantine testing for close contacts

    PHUs may consider testing asymptomatic close contacts towards the end of their quarantine period (day 10-12). This may assist in minimising the number of close contacts who are asymptomatic and/or become positive at later stages of their quarantine period from being released and potentially infecting other members of the community.


    People with disability

    Outbreaks of COVID-19 in congregate disability accommodation settings should be managed with reference to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines for outbreaks in residential care facilities. The guidelines provide specific advice on the prevention, control and public health management of COVID-19 outbreaks in residential care facilities in Australia, noting that a supplementary appendix is currently being drafted to address the specific needs of smaller residential care homes or congregate disability accommodation settings.


    Contingency capacity strategies for aged and healthcare workforce

    Where all alternative surge workforce strategies are exhausted and return to work of furloughed staff is essential to maintaining facility operations and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of individuals (e.g. in health or aged care facilities), PHUs may be requested to assist in decision making processes to help enable exposed staff who are not confirmed cases to return to work.


    Healthcare worker exposures in the context of PPE use

    A risk assessment matrix is provided to assist defining high risk contact requiring 14 quarantine versus lower risk contacts who can continue to work

    PHEOC Planning will be looking to update the Clinician Alert, Release from Isolation fact sheet and Testing Criteria fact sheets to incorporate these changes

  • Have your say, Facilitators and Barriers to Sharing Health Data

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    12 Oct 2020
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    With the recent implementation of the PIP-QI, the upcoming development of the National Data Storage and Analytical System (NDSAS), the roll out of the My health Record and the various COVID-19 apps; General Practitioners are routinely asked to participate and share their practice data; often without being consulted on these important topics.


    In an attempt to have your voice heard, you are invited to participate in a brief anonymous survey that provides General Practitioners the opportunity to voice their expert opinion on the future usage of health care data for improving patient quality and supporting general practice in the pursuit of data integrity and sovereignty.


    Please click on the following link to take the survey or copy and paste the link http://j.mp/2T0BMJk into your browser



    If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Richard Varhol from the Curtin University on either 9266-3495 or rvarhol@curtin.edu.au